Strategic Solutions Partners
capitalizes on the diverse management experience of a team of
experienced associates. These professionals all have enjoyed
long and successful careers in industry, academia and/or the
public sector. At this point in their respective careers these
talented professionals each have affiliated with Strategic
Solutions Partners to gain flexibility
and choice in the types of projects to which they will be assigned
and the workload to which they are committed. Thus our clients
win when accessing this pool of talent and our associates win
by pro-actively managing their personal lifestyle.
Bert has direct industry experience in rail, ocean, truckload,
less-than-truckload and intermodal operations and marketing
with Southern Pacific Railroad, Sea-Land Services, and
American President Lines. Bert has specific functional
experience in tactical and strategic logistics, transportation
purchasing, pricing, operations, process management, marketing,
sales, information systems and analysis.
While at American President Lines Bert held general
management positions in both the International and Domestic
divisions, operating a fleet of vessels which contributed
$15 million per year and starting up a trucking product
that earned a $2.0 million profit after 18 months of
operation. He directed an intermodal marketing sales
force of over 200 and was responsible for truck transportation
purchasing in North America. Fully trained in "Quality"
practices and techniques, he was a team leader for many
As a Partner at Strategic
Solutions Partners, LLC, he has contracted
with LTL trucking, railroad and ocean transportation
companies. His clients also include purchasers of transportation
who require assistance in supply chain management. He
has helped his clients reduce their purchased transportation
costs and vendors, reorganize their sales force and
streamline their pricing process.
Bert has studied at Augustana College and the University
of California, and holds a B.S. in Chemistry and an
M.B.A. with an emphasis in operations research.
Alan Davis is a talented supply chain executive with
proven record of P&L responsibility including organizational
start-up, business unit restructuring new product conceptualization,
customer relationship management, and staff development.
A results oriented management generalist with over twenty
years of leadership experience he possesses excellent
people skills with demonstrated ability to lead, manage,
and motivate a team. An articulate communicator with
good judgment and critical thinking skills Alan has
demonstrated the ability to handle complex, multi-department,
multi-cultural projects, manage start-up operations,
and negotiate tough issue
Alan has held senior logistics management positions
with major high technology firms. As Director, Worldwide
Transportation & Logistics for Exodus, Alan created
a professional transportation and logistics department
focusing on the entire supply chain. He managed the
successful transfer of a centrally managed shipping
and receiving function to local management. He designed
and managed a revenue recovery strategy generating over
$3.1 million in five months by reclaiming foreign governments
Value Added Taxes (VAT), auditing freight bills, and
auditing for duplicate Vendor payments. While at Amtech,
a multi-million dollar radio frequency identification
(RFID) technology company he revitalized a moribund
rail and intermodal transportation market in Asia, Australia,
As a consultant Alan managed engagements including:
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
training, for industry, and Department of Transportation
(DOT) training for transportation companies and transportation
and logistics management for Silicon Valley high-tech
clients and San Francisco/Oakland based transportation
Alan’s strengths include process analysis with
an emphasis on cost reduction and efficiency improvement.
As a third-party outsource logistics provider, he created
and implemented strategic supply chain plans which significantly
reduced transportation costs while improving service
performance and saving the cost of new warehouse construction.
Alan holds an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco
and a BA in Marketing from the University of North Texas.
John Dahl has held front line, as well as management
and executive positions with several of the largest
and well known companies in the secured lending financial
services industry for over 25 years. John’s experience
includes sales, marketing and strategic planning, national
sales management, operational, and profit center responsibility
with lending subsidiaries of Deutsche Bank, Key Bank,
Comerica Bank as well as GE Capital.
After beginning his career with an equipment manufacturing
division of FMC Corporation, John recognized early the
value of financing and leasing as it pertains to facilitating
product sales. This spring boarded John to be one of
the front-runners at FMC Finance Corporation.
At Deutsche Credit Corporation, John designed and managed
the financing programs for numerous manufacturers which
included financing not only the manufacturer, but also
its distribution network and end user customers. John
assisted Kobelco America Inc. make a successful entry
into the US domestic construction equipment marketplace
by structuring and managing a inventory financing program
for Kobelco’s 75 US dealers, as well as a retail
financing and leasing program for their end user customers.
Again at Deutsche Credit, John provided Viking Yacht
Company with a comprehensive financing structure which
included working capital for the manufacture of Viking
product, but also an inventory financing program for
Viking’s 15 dealers in the US and Europe.
At GE Capital, John established financing arrangements
for over 40 companies in 2 years.
John studied at Augustana College and the University
of Iowa, and holds a BA degree in Business Administration.
|DENNIS VAN WAGNER - PARTNER
Mr. Van Wagner is a specialist in trucking management and logistics analysis. Dennis has over 40 years experience in executive management with direct hands-on experience in rail, local, regional and over-the-road trucking and the international and domestic intermodal sectors. He was a founder of Roadlink USA, currently the largest privately held intermodal trucking company in the nation, President and CEO of Roadlink USA Pacific and was the Founder, President and CEO of Hawk Pacific Corporation, built from the ground up to become one of the largest intermodal trucking and logistics companies on the west coast. The company also became the west coast platform company for Roadlink USA, Roadlink Transportation and Roadlink Warehouse Solutions. He also worked for the Western Pacific Railroad Co. as President of their wholly owned trucking subsidiaries, Western Pacific Transport Co. and WPX Freight System.
|STEVE PRELIPP - PRINCIPAL
Mr. Prelipp has over thirty eight years of experience in the trucking industry. The first twenty seven years were as an executive for companies that include Schneider National, Heartland Express and Landstar.
This executive experience includes leading Operations and Inside Sales for Schneider National and being President of two truckload carriers
Since 1998 he has been consulting in the transportation industry. The consulting work has included:
- Developing and implementing Operations Best Practices
- Developing and implementing Sales Best Practices
- Leading company sales planning meetings
- Executive coaching
- Implementing driver retention Best Practices
- Assessing and training workplace communications
- Recruiting Best Practices audits and process improvements
- Driver retention Best Practices audits and process improvements
- Business Strategy Workshops
- Management Skills Training Programs
- Sales skills training
The focus of the consulting work is to make major improvements in business results by improving individual performance, team performance and systems. The work has mainly been on the core processes including operations, sales, recruiting and retention.
He has designed and delivered numerous training workshops for recruiters, fleet managers, and executives. Included in these training programs is The Highly Effective Fleet Manager that is an ongoing program for the Truckload Carrier Association.
He has been a speaker at numerous conventions of the American Trucking Associations, the Truckload Carriers Association, National Private Truck Council and the National Tank Truck Carriers.
The Prelipp Consulting, Inc. client list includes Boyd Bros., Comcar Industries, Crete Carriers, Covenant Transportation, FedEx Custom Critical, Greatwide, Maverick, Watkins Shepard Trucking and many more.
He is past Chairman of the University of Georgia Trucking Profitability Strategy Conference.